Full bench to hear Ramaphosa interdict application against Zuma

Full bench to hear Ramaphosa interdict application against Zuma

A full bench of the High Court in Johannesburg will hear President Cyril Ramaphosa's urgent interdict application against the former head of state Jacob Zuma's private criminal prosecution of him on Thursday.

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Zuma has announced that he is suing President Cyril Ramaphosa over a leaked medical report linked to his arms deal corruption trial.

The former president is accusing Ramaphosa of being an alleged "accessory" in the leaking of a confidential medical document about Zuma to the media.

The latest court case relates to Zuma’s private prosecution of state advocate Billy Downer and journalist Karyn Maughan. 

He is accusing his successor of being “an accessory after the fact”.

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Ramaphosa "rejects with the utmost contempt... Zuma's abuse of legal processes and perversion," the president's office said soon after the prosecution bid was launched.

Zuma, who alleges that Downer leaked his medical report to Maughn is now also accusing Ramaphosa of neglecting his duties by not acting after being informed of the leak.

"He didn't move a needle ... in terms of addressing the matter," Jacob Zuma Foundation spokesperson Mzwanele Manyi said.

Ramaphosa's office dismissed Zuma's accusations as "spurious and unfounded".

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